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Basketball: Thunder maul new-look Grizzlies in Oklahoma

Published on Feb 1, 2013 2:59 PM
 
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant looks up at the scoreboard during a break in the action against the Memphis Grizzlies in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013. A day after controversially trading away top-scorer Rudy Gay, the Grizzlies were humbled 106-89 at Oklahoma City on Thursday as the Thunder stayed firmly in the hunt to be best in the west.-- PHOTO: REUTERS

OKLAHOMA CITY (REUTERS) - A day after controversially trading away top-scorer Rudy Gay, the Memphis Grizzlies were humbled 106-89 at Oklahoma City on Thursday as the Thunder stayed firmly in the hunt to be best in the west.

In a battle of National Basketball Association title contenders from the Western Conference, the second-best Thunder improved to 35-11 with the rout, while questions about whether the fourth-placed Grizzlies can contend without Gay will remain as they fell to 29-16.

Gay was shipped to Toronto as part of a multi-player and team trade on Wednesday to save Memphis money and avoid the payment of luxury taxes but it could dampen the team's playoff hopes.

Their cause as further undermined as they were also without trade acquisitions Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis, who are yet to arrive and pass physicals.

 
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